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USS Crouter (DE 11)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - D - P - G
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Crouter (DE 11) Building and Operational Data:
  • 08 December 1942: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 26 January 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. M. H. Crouter, widow of Commander Crouter
  • 25 May 1943: Commissioned, Lt. J. E. Johansen, USNR, in command
  • 30 November 1945: Decommissioned at San Pedro, Cal. after 2 years and 5 months of service
  • 19 December 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 25 November 1946: Sold, scrapped, broken up in 1947
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    7k Mark Hanna Crouter was born on 03 October 1897 in Baker, Oregon and graduated from the Naval Academy on 07 June 1919. After extensive service at sea and ashore, he served as first engineering officer in Enterprise (CV 6), and from 11 May 1942 was executive officer in USS San Francisco (CA 38). In the night Naval Battle of Guadalcanal of 12 and 13 November 1942, when an outnumbered American force turned a Japanese raiding group back from its intended attack on shipping off Guadalcanal, Commander Crouter was severely wounded early in the action, but insisted on remaining at his station to play his part in fighting the ship until killed. His courageous devotion to duty was recognized with a posthumous award of the Navy Cross.

    USS Crouter (DE 11) (1943-1945) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo from the Home of Heroes Web Page)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    265k May 1944 Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    95k May 1944: San Francisco Bay John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
    114k May 1944: San Francisco Bay
    101k 24 May 1944: location unknown

    Crouter History
    View the USS Crouter (DE 11) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.

    Crouter's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 25 May 1943 - 08 Nov. 1943Lt. John Edwin Johansen, USNR (Comm. CO) (Mobile, Ala.)
    2.) 08 Nov. 1943 - 20 Feb. 1944Lt. William McCulloch Lowry, USNR
    3.) 20 Feb. 1944 - 31 Aug. 1944Lcdr. George Walter Worth, USNR
    4.) 31 Aug. 1944 - 13 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Charles Francis Braught, USNR
    5.) 13 Oct. 1945 - 30 Nov. 1945Lt. Cranston Edwin Jones, USNR (decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Don McGhee, Steve Ambler
    Phone: (614) 879-8677
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